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Powwow to feature dancers from Aleutian Islands
Admission wristbands on sale at TESORO Stores
20 July 2005

BISMARCK (UTN) - A dance group from the most isolated village near the end of the Aleutian Islands will be the featured cultural performers during the United Tribes International Powwow. The Atka Dancers, Atxam Taligisniikangis, will perform September 9 - 11 during the 36th annual powwow on the college campus in Bismarck, North Dakota.

      The dancers represent the village of Atka, Alaska, population about 100, located further west than any other civilian community in the U. S. The group performs traditional Aleut dances that tell of life on the string of rocky islands that form the boundary between the Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea.

Atka Dancers
Atxam Taligisniikangis, the Atka Dancers, from the western tip of the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, will perform during the United Tribes International Powwow. Photo courtesy of Ken Wilson Photos.

      The Atka Dancers perform at 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, September 9 and 10 and a 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 11 in Lone Star Arena, the powwow dance arbor in the center of campus.

      This is the first powwow appearance by a group from the Aleut culture. The Atka Dancers are also scheduled to perform during Youth Day on Friday morning, September 9 and in grand entries at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

      Their visit is sponsored by TESORO Refining and Marketing and Westcon Industries, and the Bismarck-Mandan Convention and Visitors Bureau, in collaboration with United Tribes.

      "The United Tribes International Powwow has long been one of the largest events in our communities," said Terry Harzinski, executive director, Bismarck-Mandan Convention and Visitors Bureau. "The college staff, students and powwow committee are to be commended for continuing to put together such a top notch event year after year."

      The 2005 powwow was selected as one of the top 100 events in North America by the American Bus Association.

      "It's been attracting international media attention for the past several years and, again this year, we're pleased to be hosting two media groups, one from Norway and one from Sweden," Harzinski said.

      Admission wristbands are on sale at all TESORO stations in the Bismarck-Mandan area. A $15 weekend pass guarantees entrance to all cultural and events on the college campus. Elders (60 and over) and children (5 and under) enter free. There is no charge for parking.

      Out-of-town visitors to the powwow are urged to make lodging arrangements early as Bismarck-Mandan hotels and motels fill up, causing some visitors to stay in nearby communities.

      To obtain a powwow poster or for more information call 701-255-3285 x 1293, FAX 701-530-0633, or visit www.uttc.edu or www.unitedtribespowwow.com on the World Wide Web.


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